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Owen County Youth Rebels football battles Walton

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By The Staff

The Owen County Youth football teams traveled to Walton last weekend to battle the Bearcats in the last games of the regular season. Both the Mighty Pro and Power House teams came away with victories. The wins left both teams undefeated in the regular season and gave them the No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs.

Midget Division

Walton – 21

Owen County – 0

The young Rebels were down 14-0 at the half and battled to only give up one score in the second half. Ethan Fitzgerald had a fumble recovery for the Rebels.

Mighty Pro Division

Owen County – 26

Walton – 0

This was a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate.

Both teams battled to a 0-0 first-quarter score. In the second quarter, Logan Harrod staked the Rebels to great field position when he blasted up the middle and cut down the right sideline for a 35-yard gain. However, the drive was thwarted by a Bearcats’ interception. Not to be outdone, the Rebels got an interception of their own from Kirby Young. The offense took advantage of the opportunity with Young scampering down the right sideline for a 26-yard touchdown run. Harrod added the conversion to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead at the half. The defense came up big again on the first series of the second half when Harrod pounced on a Bearcats’ fumble to give his team the ball. Big runs by Ty Smith took the ball downfield. Smith scored on a six-yard run and Young added the conversion to push the Rebels lead to 14-0. Later in the half, the Rebels defense stepped up again when Harrod tipped a Bearcats’ pass into the air and into the waiting arms of Smith, who rambled 30 yards for a touchdown and a comfortable 20-0 lead. The Rebels tacked their last score on the board with runs by Madison Yancey and two long gainers by Blake Burke. Yancey capped the drive with a touchdown for the final margin.

Power House Division

Owen County – 14

Walton – 12

The Rebels found themselves in unfamiliar territory in this contest. After giving up their first touchdown of the season last week, the Rebels gave up two early touchdowns to the Bearcats to trail 12-0 late in the first half. With two minutes to go in the half, the Rebels mounted a scoring drive of their own.

Mason Borchers started the drive with a big first down run. A pass from Nolan Tackett to Austin Fitzgerald netted the Rebels another first down.

The next play, a swing pass from Tackett to Fitzgerald, was the jolt the Rebels needed before the half. Fitzgerald took the pass and followed a crushing block by Carson Williams down the right sideline for a 50-yard touchdown. A Tackett-to-Borchers pass for the conversion cut the Bearcats’ lead to 12-7 at the half. Both teams battled to a scoreless stand-off in the second half.

Late in the game, with only 1:04 to play, the Rebels found themselves down to what was probably their last play. Faced with a fourth down and nine yards to go, the Rebels’ offensive line dug in to spring Borchers down the right side for a 26-yard touchdown. Borchers added the conversion to push the Rebels up 14-12.

The Rebels’ defense had to withstand one last threat by the Bearcats’ offense before gaining the hard-fought victory.

Recreation Football

Midget Division

Falcons – 6

Eagles – 6

The Eagles got on the board first with a 70-yard TD run by Tanner Webb. Jacob Osborne tied the score for the Falcons with a 50-yard touchdown. Lincoln Cobb had a fumble recovery for the Falcons and Jalen Spaulding recovered a fumble for the Eagles.

Colts – 13

Bengals – 0

Damien Hopkins scored on a 68-yard TD run for the Colts in the first half. Blake Burke added a 40-yard touchdown run in the second half and Hayden McCowan had the conversion for the Colts.